Jackson, Tennessee, lies just about an hour outside Memphis. Aside from being the home of legendary rock-and-roller Carl Perkins and train engineer Casey Jones, Jackson maintains the perfect balance between big-city attractions and small-town charm. It dates back to the 1800s, when settlers selected a former Chickasaw Indian hunting ground along the Forked Deer River to form a community. At the time they named their settlement Alexandria, but the name was later changed to Jackson in honor of President Andrew Jackson.
Since its beginning, Jackson has enjoyed enormous growth and prosperity, and was ranked by Restaurant Business magazine as second among United States cities in restaurant growth in 1998. Forbes magazine referred to Jackson as “a top 25 city for the future,” and with all of the hustle and bustle in town, it’s no wonder. After leaving Jackson, head to Henderson, Tennessee, home of Chickasaw State Park. This campground is located on top of some of the highest terrain in West Tennessee. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Memphis. Each Day Trip includes, destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.
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